Bioethics for Beginners: 60 Cases and Cautions from the Moral Frontier of Healthcare

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 14, 2012 - Medical - 192 pages
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How far is too far? 60 cases illustrating modern bioethical dilemmas

Bioethics for Beginners maps the giant dilemmas posed by new technologies and medical choices, using 60 cases taken from our headlines, and from the worlds of medicine and science. This eminently readable book takes it one case at a time, shedding light on the social, economic and legal side of 21st century medicine while giving the reader an informed basis on which to answer personal, practical questions. Unlocking the debate behind the headlines, this book combines clear thinking with the very latest in science and medicine, enabling readers to decide for themselves exactly what the scientific future should hold.

 

 

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Contents

TipToe When Walking on
1
No More Periods Period
8
The Goo of Life and the Debate of the Century
14
While Youre Here How about a Spinal Tap?
21
Dr Hwang and the Bad Apple Theory
27
The Genome Isnt What It Used to
34
Reproduce at Your Own Peril
40
An Argument against Human Cloning
42
Meet Dr Ethics
91
Why Isnt There an App for That?
94
DocuMedical Shows Lack Reality
95
You Arent Dead Until Someone Tells You So
98
What Do We Owe the Aging?
99
We Will Expect More from Death Than Our Ancestors Did
100
The Case of the Body Snatchers
102
A Few Conclusions from the Terri Schiavo Case
104

HighTech Trouble or Double the Love?
49
Grave Robbing the Cradle
51
Baby Banking
53
Cash Strapped American Fertility Docs Cry Out for Mercy
54
Dont Sweat the NanoSized Stuff
57
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
62
The Merging of Man and Machine
64
My Eyes on You
66
The State Will Protect Your Health Right Up Until It Doesnt
69
Is the New Cigarette a Smoking Gun? Eclipse Unethical Unregulated Research
71
A Long Way Off
73
Newborn Screening with a Twist
75
HIV Testing Must Be Routine
76
A Recipe for Disaster
78
Pandemic Influenza Requires Trust in Government Healthcare
79
A Hostile Environment for Environmental Protection Documents
82
To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine Is That the Question?
83
Do No Harm Has Become Care for Yourself
86
Does Your Doctor Have Skeletons? Good Luck Finding Them
87
Medicines Dirty Laundry
89
Living Wills Save Money? Dude Did You Really Say That Out Loud?
106
The Plural of Anecdote Is Not Ambien
107
Eat Only Food for Thought
110
Breakfast for Thought
111
Want Fish? Ethics First Please
113
Dying for Food
115
Beware of Ideologues and Demagogues
117
Pharma Owns Bioethics and Other Fables
120
The Kevorkianization of Cloning
123
Not in the Bush Leagues Anymore
125
Professor Hurlbut Your 15 Minutes Are Up
128
Stem Cell Research in the California Sun
139
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140
Move Slowly and Stay Cool
146
Science Must Slow Its Speed
148
Sources and Credits
150
27
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Index
160
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Dr. Glenn McGee is President of the Division of Research Ethics at Celltex Therapeutics, a stem cell research company in Houston, Texas. He held two successive endowed chairs in bioethics after serving for a decade as professor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics. He is the founding editor of The American Journal of Bioethics and a leading authority on ethical issues in science and medicine. McGee has been a columnist for The Scientist, New York Times News Service, and MSNBC, and a frequent guest and commentator for National Public Radio, CNN, Fox, CBS, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Oprah, among others. McGee's books include The Perfect Baby (2nd edn., 2000), The Human Cloning Debate (with A. Caplan, 4th edn., 2004), and the best-selling Beyond Genetics: The User's Guide to DNA (2004). In addition, he has authored hundreds of scholarly papers about ethical, legal, and social issues in medicine.

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